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Russians React To Downing Of Jet

Russians React To Downing Of Jet

November 25, 2015
Some Moscow residents voiced anger the day after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet, while others urged calm and caution. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV) More
November 2015

Video Displaced In Pakistan Protest End Of Food Aid

Displaced persons from Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region protest after the authorities withdraw food aid. (RFE/RL's Radio Maashal)

Video Serbian Farmer Protest Stopped At Police Roadblock

Serbian farmers spend a second day stuck at a police roadblock, preventing them take a protest to the streets of Belgrade. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Yevgenia Debryanskaya: The Life Of A Former Activist

Since President Vladimir Putin came to power, hundreds of activists have been forced from politics or pushed to the margins as the Kremlin has tightened its grip on Russia. One of them is former activist Yevgenia Debryankaya. Yevgenia Debryanskaya was a determined gay rights activist.

Video Crimeans React To Blackout

People in Crimea have been voicing anger after the peninsula's electricity supplies from Ukraine were cut off. Crimea was annexed by Russia last year, but continued to receive electricity supplies from Ukraine until explosions on November 20-21 brought down four electricity transmission towers. (RFE

Video Afghans Deny IS Complicity Claim

The Afghan Interior Minister denies claims made by a senior legislator that state security officials have been supporting Islamic State militants, who are reportedly engaged in fighting against Taliban forces. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Migrants Protest On Greek-Macedonian Border

Around 1,000 so-called economic migrants protested on the Greek-Macedonian border near the city of Gevgelija after Macedonia started refusing to admit anyone without papers proving they originate from the war-torn regions of Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria.

Video Afghanistan's Female Warlord

Over 35 years of conflict, fighters loyal to the Afghan warlord known as "Kaftar," or "The Dove," have defeated Soviet, Taliban, and government troops. But what makes the story all the more incredible is that "Kaftar" is a woman. (Bashir Ghazali, Wali Sabawoon, Ray Furlong)

Video Vox Pop: Heightened Security In Moscow

In the wake of recent terror attacks, Russian authorities have stepped up security measures including the use of metal detectors and an increased police presence on patrol. Vadim Kondakov of RFE/RL's Current Time TV asked people in Moscow if they feel safer with the new measures in place.

Video The Bosnian War And The Dayton Accords Explained

It's been two decades since the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We take a brief look at the turn of events behind the worst conflict on European soil since WWII and why the Dayton agreement -- a temporary solution -- has now outlived three of its main signatories.

Video Bosnian Veterans: 'We Are All The Losers' 20 Years After War

November 21 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Dayton Accords -- the agreement that brought an end to 3 1/2 years of war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The accords also split the country into two entities whose lasting disputes have mired Bosnia in years of political deadlock.

Video Czech President Warns Against 'Culture Of Murderers' At Anti-Islam Protest

Czech President Milos Zeman addressed thousands of people at a protest organized by a group called Bloc Against Islam, warning against immigrants who belonged to a "culture of murderers and religious hatred."

Video Protest For Rights In Pakistan Tribal Regions

Protesters from Pakistan's restive tribal regions drove to the capital Islamabad to demand the same rights as people in the rest of the country. Under colonial-era laws which remain in place, they are subject to a different legal system -- which many feel makes them second class citizens.

Video Tajik Baby Who Died In Russian Custody Comes Home

A Tajik woman whose baby died while in custody in Russia has flown into to Dushanbe with the baby's body in a casket. Russian authorities took five-month-old Umarali Nazarov away from his mother, Zarina Yunusova, when she was detained for several hours due to alleged violations of immigration rules.

Video Muscovites Mourn For Paris Attack Victims

Muscovites left flowers, lit candles, and expressed sympathy outside the French Embassy in Moscow November 14 following the multiple deadly attacks in Paris the previous evening. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Shock And Anger In Tajikistan At Alleged Russian Murderer

A Russian soldier based in Dushanbe has reportedly confessed to the brutal killing of a young woman, prompting shock and anger in Tajikistan -- where two Russian servicemen were convicted of murdering a taxi driver earlier this year. (Ray Furlong and RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Pavlensky's Partner Defends His 'Political Art'

The partner of performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who set fire to the doors of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), visits the scene of the fire. Oksana Shalygina tells RFE/RL's Current Time TV reporter Vadim Kondakov that it was an act of "political art."

Video Russian Artist Slams FSB 'Terrorism'

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky says he set fire to the entrance of the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters as a gesture in the face of FSB "terrorism." Pavlensky has been arrested on vandalism charges, and spoke November 10 to RFE/RL's Russian Service from pretrial detention.

Video Uzbek Dissident Released After 21 Years

A leading Uzbek opposition leader has been released after 21 years in prison. Murat Juraev was imprisoned in 1994 on charges of seeking to overthrow the government, which he denies. (RFE/RL's Uzbek Service)

Video Islamic State Militants' Wives Tell Their Story

Umm Ams and Dua, two young cousins, were both married to foreign fighters of the Islamic State militant group in Raqqa, Syria. Umm Ams says she initially embraced the group's religious fervor. But after her husband fled and Dua's husband carried out a suicide attack, they escaped to Turkey.

Video 'It's All About Politics': Russians React To Doping Scandal

An independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended Russia be suspended from international athletics competition for allegedly sponsoring the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. It could mean Russian athletes would be barred from competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Video Funeral For Tajik Woman Allegedly Killed By Russian Officer

A Tajik family was beside itself with distress, as it laid to rest a 22-year-old woman allegedly killed by a Russian officer based in Dushanbe. The killing comes shortly after two other Russian troops from the base were convicted of murdering a local taxi driver. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Hazaras Protest Beheadings In Kabul

Ethnic Hazaras protested in central Kabul after seven of their community were beheaded. There has been an upsurge in sectarian violence directed against the mostly Shi'ite community. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Ukraine's Azov Regiment Opens Boot Camp For Kids

Children in Ukraine's Sumy region can attend a boot camp where they learn military skills like running an obstacle course and handling weapons. The camp was set up by members of the Azov Regiment who teach young Ukrainians to defend their country -- while also exposing them to far-right ideology.

Video Afghan Taliban Stage Mass Open-Air Rally

Thousands of people attended a mass gathering of Taliban fighters, addressed by Mullah Mohammad Rasul, one of two rival Taliban leaders following the death of former leader Mullah Omar. The open-air meeting, on November 7, was used to declare Rasul sole leader of the Afghan Taliban.

Video Child's Play Turns Tragic In Eastern Ukraine

Eleven-year-old Kolya was playing with his friends near a Ukrainian military base when they stumbled on a rocket-propelled grenade. The accidental detonation shattered Kolya's limbs and killed his younger brother. The boys are among an untold number of victims of the conflict in Ukraine's east.

Video Inside Czech Migrant Camp Dubbed 'Worse Than Prison'

The Czech Republic's detention center for migrants has been condemned by the UN's chief human rights official, and even the Czech justice minister said it was "worse than a prison." Detainees are made to pay around $10 a day for their own incarceration, with families locked up behind barbed wire.

Video Twelve-Year-Old Pakistani Girl Escapes Planned 'Sale' By Father

Pakistani authorities have detained a man on charges of trying to sell his daughter into prostitution after the girl and her brother went to the police for help. The girl, Nushin, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that her father had already sold her two sisters and their mother.

Video The Last Holdouts In A Ukrainian Ghost Town

The village of Pisky is one of the casualties of war in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Just a handful of residents still live in the ruined houses and apartment blocks, surviving on sparse food donations from volunteers.

Video Thousands Parade On Russia's National Unity Day

Thousands of Russians marched in Moscow and chanted slogans in support of President Vladimir Putin on National Unity Day, a holiday established by the Kremlin 10 years ago. Pro-Putin parties and their leaders were among the marchers, including LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Video Bosnian And Serb Governments Hold First Joint Session

The Bosnian and Serb governments have met for their first ever joint cabinet meeting. Economic issues are high on the agenda, but the legacy of the 1990s Bosnian war continues to cast a shadow over talks. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Moscow Cabbies Talk Russian Politics

We took to the streets and asked Moscow taxi drivers what they think about Putin, domestic politics, and Russian military interventions.

Video Kerry Reaffirms U.S. Security Pledge In Tajikistan

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed Washington's commitment to security in Central Asia during a visit to Tajikistan -- particularly in regard to heavy fighting with Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Russians Weigh In On Reports Of Minister's Mansion

Russian opposition activists have published an exposé claiming that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu owns an $18 million mansion in the Moscow suburbs. RFE/RL's Current Time TV asked Moscow residents what they thought of the claims.

Video Kerry Arrives In Tajikistan

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrived in a rainy Tajik capital on the latest leg of a Central Asian tour. The visit is dominated by security concerns, particularly in regard to heavy fighting with Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Children Alone On The Risky Road To Europe

They are children who have escaped war and poverty but who are now traveling alone on a dangerous journey to Europe.

Video Taliban Stones Woman To Death In Afghanistan

Amateur video shows the stoning of a woman to death in the city of Firoz-Koh in Ghor Province on October 25. The Afghan government blamed Taliban militants for the killing. The video was provided to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.

Video Aliyev Tightens Grip In Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, elections on November 1 saw the party of President Ilham Aliyev winning a strong majority in parliament -- amid doubts over the fairness of the poll. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Flowers Laid At Russian Embassies

Flowers, soft toys, and candles were laid at Russian embassies across the former Soviet Union in the wake of the air crash in Egypt that killed 224 people -- nearly all of them Russians.

October 2015

Video Family And Friends React After Egypt Plane Crash

There was grief and shock at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport as news spread of the crash of the plane owned by the Russian airline, Kogalymavia, in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video A Renewed Push For Resolution In Syria

Top diplomats meeting in Vienna have reached a consensus on steps toward ending Syria's civil war, including a push for a cease-fire and new elections. For the first time, the international talks included Iran, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Hannah Kaviani of RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video Who was Dzerzhinsky?

In the small Tatar village of Kazarovo in Siberia's Tyumen region, a monument honors Feliks Dzerzhinsky. The statue was installed in 1980 but was removed in the mid-1990s. It was kept in a garage and reinstalled three years ago.

Video Russians Remember Stalin's Victims

Muscovites and foreign dignitaries left candles and flowers in Lubyanka Square to honor the victims of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. But opposition leader Aleksei Navalny said political repression continues to plague Russia.

Video The Man Who Built 'Putin's Palace'

Italian architect Lanfranco Cirillo was largely unknown until 2011 when he was revealed to be the architect of a sprawling palatial residence in southern Russia allegedly built for President Vladimir Putin.

Video Russian Soldier's Friends React To Suicide Claims

Nineteen-year-old Vadim Kostenko died at an air base in Syria on October 24 -- the first confirmed death of a Russian serviceman in the country. Russian Defense Ministry officials said that Kostenko hanged himself, but the circumstances of his death are still under investigation.

Video As Central Heating Falters, Russians Fall Back On Firewood

Across much of Russia, local energy plants provide heat by piping steam into nearby apartments. But residents of the town of Brusyany say that indoor temperatures never rose above 10 degrees last winter. They're forced to rely on old-fashioned wood-fired stoves to make up for the shortfall.

Video Abe Wraps Up Central Asia Tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to strengthen economic ties with Kazakhstan, as he held talks in the capital Astana at the end of a week-long tour of Central Asia. He described the country as a "precious partner" and pledged to help it build its first nuclear plant.

Video Young And Alone: Refugee Children Make Risky Trek To Europe Without Parents

Thousands of refugee children have embarked on a risky journey to Europe alone.

Video Pakistan Surveys Quake Damage

The day after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit south Asia, relief efforts were underway and residents were picking their way through the rubble in Pakistan's Swat Valley. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Earthquake Rocks South Asia

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, causing more than 100 deaths and injuring hundreds of people both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The casualty figures were expected to rise following the earthquake, in the mountainous Hindu Kush region.

Video The Daily Vertical: Operation Syria Phase 2

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video Pakistani Shi'a Observe Ashura

Shi'a observed Ashura in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, amid tightened security measures following a suicide bombing in Balochistan Province the day before. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video A Search For Fallen Fighters At Donetsk's Ruined Airport

The Donetsk airport -- the site of fierce fighting throughout much of 2014 -- has been under the control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic since January. A team of volunteers from both sides of Ukraine's conflict has been searching the ruins for the remains of the fighters who died.

Video Huge Numbers Enter Slovenia On Way To Western Europe

There were chaotic scenes at a border crossing on October 22 as refugees and other migrants tried to cross from Croatia into Slovenia, part of the EU's visa-free travel zone. Some 12,000 people were reported to have entered Slovenia in a single day. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Humanitarian Crisis Deepens On Serbian-Croatian Border

As the autumn weather worsens, refugees and migrants making their way toward Western Europe are now contending with cold and rain along with hunger and exhaustion. Hundreds are staying in a makeshift tent city in the Serbian border village of Berkasovo as they wait for Croatia to admit them.

Video Khyber Pass Cops

A new police unit has been created to patrol traffic in the Khyber Pass -- the first time Pakistan has deployed traffic police anywhere in its tribal regions. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video The Migrant Bottleneck On The Serb-Croat Border

Large crowds continued to wait at the border between Serbia and Croatia, as the Croatian authorities limited the numbers of people it was allowing in. Croatia is concerned that the migrants are unable to continue their journey into Hungary or Slovenia -- and are therefore stuck on its territory.

Video Bishkek Stages Fifth Annual Theater Festival

The streets of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, come to life as actors from across Central Asia arrive for the city's fifth annual theater festival.

Video A Muddy Tractor Ride Through Siberia

The Siberian village of Frantsevo was left stranded when a logging company began tearing up the little-used railroad tracks. Now the only way for villagers to buy groceries or pick up mail is to travel to the nearest town on a wagon towed by a tractor.

Video Migrant Bottleneck Continues On Serbia-Croatia Border

Large crowds continued to wait at the border between Serbia and Croatia, as the Croatian authorities limited the numbers of people it was allowing in. Croatia is concerned that the migrants are unable to continue their journey into Hungary or Slovenia -- and are therefore stuck on its territory.

Video  The Daily Vertical: Moscow's Genocide Denial -- From Holodomor to Srebrenica

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video Georgian Opposition Mounts TV Station Protest

Georgian opposition parties staged a protest in Tbilisi against what they say are government moves to shut down the country's biggest private TV station.

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's Other War

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Crowds Gather As Moldova Extends Ex-PM's Detention

Opponents and supporters of former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat gathered in Chisinau as a court ruled to extend his pretrial detention by another 30 days on October 18. Filat is charged in connection with the biggest corruption scandal in Moldova's history. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Czechs Disrupt Performance Of Russian Army Choir

Czech and Ukrainian activists demonstrated outside an arena in Prague during a performance by the Alexandrov Ensemble, the official choir of the Russian armed forces. Protesters held signs calling the chorus "the music of war and occupation."

Video Lviv Gets Ukraine's First Bike-Sharing Scheme

In the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, the first stations have been set up for a new bicycle sharing scheme -- the first of its kind in Ukraine. New bike lanes are also under construction, making Lviv the most bike-friendly city in the country.

Video Afghanistan Hosts First Ever Marathon

Defying increased attacks by the Taliban, Afghanistan has held its first ever international marathon. The event took place in Bamiyan Province, a largely peaceful area known for the giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Local girls ran a 10-kilometer course.

Video MH17: 'The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep'

The Russian government has criticized the Dutch report into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which resulted in the deaths of 298 people. But what do ordinary Russians think? A straw poll on the streets of Moscow suggests ignorance, apathy, or downright denial.

Video Silence No Option For Russia's Rebel Bard

In the former Soviet Union, Andrei Makarevich is a well-known poet and singer-songwriter. But he is famous for being politically outspoken, a trait which has caused his concerts in Russia to be canceled in recent months.

Video TV Comic Conan O'Brien On Armenian Tour

U.S. TV host Conan O'Brien is in Armenia to film an episode of his late-night show with the help of his Armenian-American assistant, Sona Movsesian. O'Brien and his crew paid a visit to the genocide memorial in Yerevan, but he told RFE/RL's Armenian Service that the show is avoiding politics.

Video Russia's 'Priest Who Came Out Of The Closet'

For a decade, Orthodox priest Artyom Vechelkovsky taught at a religious seminary in the city of Samara. He says that his colleagues knew that he was gay, but accepted him and valued his work. But in the current climate of rising antigay sentiment in Russia, church officials decided to dismiss him.

Video Russia's Parallel MH17 Investigation

What do you get when a surface-to-air missile manufacturer conducts its own MH17 investigation?

Video 'There Is No Other Way': How A Siberian Village Survives Off The Forest

In the remote wilderness of western Siberia, life can be harsh with little opportunity for employment. So in the village of Komsomolsk in the Tomsk region, locals are turning to the vast woodlands and swamps to find a source of sustenance and income. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Refugee Numbers Fall In Serbia

As the weather worsens, migrant numbers in Serbia fell on October 12, but there were still 2,000 new arrivals.

Video Clashes In Kosovo As Opposition Leader Detained

Police and opposition activists clashed in the Kosovar capital, Prishtina, after an opposition leader was detained. There has been political tension in Kosovo after a landmark deal was struck to improve relations with Serbia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Along Turkey's Border With Territory Held By Islamic State Militants

As Russian military strikes continue in Syria, a rebel commander says the campaign is not hurting the Islamic State militant group -- and might even be helping it gain ground. RFE/RL's Current Time TV correspondent Shahida Yakub filed this report from the Turkish border with Syria.

Video Life Resumes In Kunduz

After fierce fighting, life in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz was slowly returning to normal -- but the signs of fighting were plain to see.

Video Jailbreak In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz security forces launched a manhunt after prisoners convicted of terrorism and religious extremism escaped from a jail near the capital, Bishkek. Three prison guards were killed in the escape.

Video Opposition Protests After Election In Belarus

Opposition activists took to the streets of Minsk after elections in Belarus gave President Alyaksandr Lukashenka another five-year term of office. The protest, late on October 11, came as results showed Lukashenka had won 83.49 percent of the vote. Opposition leaders had called for a boycott.

Video Candidates Voting In Belarus Poll

Candidates in the Belarusian presidential election were casting their votes on October 11. As polls closed, longstanding President Alyaksandr Lukashenka was poised to secure another five-year term. None of this three opponents stood any real chance, and other opposition leaders called for a boycott.

Video Belarus Opposition Rallies In Minsk

Hundreds of Belarussian opposition activists held an unauthorized rally in Minsk on October 10, urging people to boycott presidential elections the following day. Speakers said the results of the elections had already been fixed.

Video Islamic State Militants Make Gains

Despite Russian air strikes, one Syrian opposition group claims Islamic State militants are making gains near the city of Aleppo

Video Grenade Attack At Shi'ite Shrine In Kabul

At least one person was killed as a grenade was thrown at a Shi'ite shrine in Kabul. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.

Video Tajik Mother Sentenced For Killing Children

A Tajik court hears the shocking case of a mother who drowned her own children, after a marital problem. The judge hands out an 18-year sentence.

Video Watch This Disabled Boy's World Change In Two Minutes

Nurgazy has always had a long and difficult trek to school. Unable to use his legs, he relies on schoolmates to push him on the bumpy roads of his remote mountainous village in Kyrgyzstan. All he wants is a four-wheeler -- and he might just get it.

Video Refugees' Trip To Europe Not Cheap

When Qais decided to seek a better life in Europe, he didn’t imagine that it would take over three months and cost him more than $5,000. Qais’s journey is one of hidden costs, shady characters, and dangerous passages across borders and waterways.

Video A Village Divided By War In Eastern Ukraine

In the Ukrainian village of Lobacheve, going to school or visiting relatives can mean a treacherous boat trip to or from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.

Video Profile: Belarus Opposition Leader Mikalay Statkevich

There are three candidates facing off against longtime Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka in presidential elections this weekend. But for many, Lukashenka's real opponent is a man who's not running, Mikalay Statkevich.

Video Belarus's Svetlana Alexievich On Receiving Nobel Prize

Belarusian author and investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich was announced as the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature on October 8. At a press conference in Minsk, she said that her work is an accumulation of many influences, including Russian and Ukrainian culture.

Video 'She Was Like A Confessor,' Says Alexievich's Ex-Publisher

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, who has won the Nobel Prize in literature, was "like a confessor" who provided answers to people facing existential questions over the war in Afghanistan, the Chornobyl disaster, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Video Violence Shakes German Refugee Consensus

A series of violent clashes between rival groups of asylum seekers has prompted questions over Germany's policy of welcoming refugees. Opinion polls show support for the government's handling of the migrant crisis is now waning.

Video Vladimir MacBetin Takes Stage In Czech Political Mash-Up

A Czech theater company is performing an interpretation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth with a new main character: a power-hungry leader named Vladimir MacBetin. The director says the play draws on modern Russia to enact themes of violence, manipulation, and the pursuit of power.

Video New Kids On The Block -- Migrant Children Start School In Germany

It's estimated 1 million or more people will seek refuge in Germany in 2015, among them large numbers of children. This has placed a heavy burden on schools, where special "Welcome Classes" are beginning to teach the newcomers basic German. (Ray Furlong and Roman Kupka, RFE/RL)

Video Belarusians Protest Russian Air Base Plan

Hundreds of people demonstrated in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on October 4 to protest against plans for a Russian air base in the country. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video Lost Letters To Stalin Discovered in Moldovan Archive

Hundreds of desperate letters written to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the 1940s and 1950s have been found in Moldova's National Archive.

Video 'Chaos' Reigns At Berlin Migrant Center

Immigration officials in Berlin are struggling to cope with a twenty-fold increase in migrants and refugees.

Video Uzbek Woman Is (Possibly) The World's Oldest Person

An Uzbek woman, Momojon Romanova, says she was born in 1896, making her a witness to three centuries. The records from the time of her birth are hard to verify, but if the dates are accurate, Romanova is likely the world's oldest person at age 119. (RFE/RL's Current Time)

September 2015

Video Russian-Made Toy Soldiers Join Battle For Hearts And Minds

In Russia, patriotism and politics can seep into all aspects of life, even children's toys. One small business in Moscow is churning out toy soldiers that pay tribute to the separatist fighters in Ukraine -- and is using some of its profits to contribute to the conflict.

Video Beggars' Belief: The Luli Of Tajikistan

In a small Tajik village, members of the Luli minority maintain the traditions passed down to them through the generations. For some, begging is not only a way to survive, but an honorable profession practiced by their nomadic forebears. (Anushervon Aripov and Nasim Isamov, RFE/RL's Current Time)

Video Teaching Kyrgyzstan How To Spin

With legislative elections looming in Kyrgyzstan, the Russia-friendly media that dominate the country are setting the narrative. And the lead Kremlin spin doctor was in Bishkek to check on how they are doing.

Video A Swedish City Struggles To Absorb Migrants New And Old

In Malmö, Syrians, Iraqis, and Bosnians live alongside native-born Swedes. But as immigrant populations grow increasingly concentrated in certain neighborhoods, racial tensions are rising, and some newcomers are struggling to integrate into the Swedish society.

Video In Malmö, Former Refugees Lead Relief Effort For New Migrants

As many as 900 migrants are registering for asylum each day in the southern Swedish city of Malmö -- the largest influx of refugees to the Scandinavian country since World War II. As authorities and volunteers rush to offer much-needed aid, the relief effort is led partly by former refugees.

Video RFE/RL Presents Rare Vysotsky Recording

A rare recording made by Russian singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky has been released by RFE/RL. Vysotsky recorded the song, Apples of Paradise, in California, in 1979. It contains lyrical variations from previously released versions of the song -- and the maestro's voice in full throttle.

Video Pakistan's First Female Truck Driver

The country's first female truck driver tells women "Nothing is too difficult."

Video Desperate Honeymoon -- Syrian Newlyweds On The Road To Europe

A month after getting married, Sayid and Amira sold all their possessions in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and set off on a perilous journey toward a new life in the European Union. RFE/RL's Ray Furlong traveled with them along the so-called “Balkan Route.”

Video 'It's My Choice' To Bike To School

Girls in Tajikistan are bucking local tradition by hopping on their bicycles. Some are peddling as much as 10 kilometers a day to travel to and from school. (RFE/RL Tajik Service)

Video What Is The Schengen Area?

The Schengen agreement, which abolishes internal EU borders, is facing a major crisis as the influx of refugees reaches unprecedented levels. Several member states have responded with temporary controls at borders within the travel-free zone. Does this call the Schengen principles into question?

Video Afghans Begin European Odyssey In Kabul Queue

Hundreds of Afghans are queuing through the night at the passport office in Kabul, before setting off on the long and dangerous journey to Europe. Many take a bus to the Iranian border, the first leg of a 6,000-kilometer journey. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video OSCE Ambassador Says Moldova Wants 'European Future'

Daniel Baer, the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Pete Baumgartner in Prague about the recent anticorruption protests in Moldova. Baer said the protests are an outgrowth of Moldovans' long-term concerns.

Video Corruption In Moldova -- The View From The Countryside

Mass anticorruption protests erupted this week in Chisinau, with demonstrators demanding the president's resignation. In the weeks leading up to the unrest, correspondents of RFE/RL's Moldovan Service had traveled around the country to assess public opinion and citizens' day-to-day challenges.

Video 'Evil On The Rise' In Russia

Anton Krasovsky's soaring career as a Russian television journalist came to an abrupt end in 2013, when he announced live on air that he was gay. Now barred from Russian screens, Krasovsky has nonetheless chosen to stay in Russia – a society he says is doomed to ruin.

Video What Are Russian Troops Doing In Syria?

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be sending troops and hardware to Syria.

Video Russians Find Parmesan Ban Hard To Swallow

Parmesan cheese is an essential ingredient in many classic Italian dishes. But foreign imports of Parmesan have been banned by Russia as part of its retaliation against Western sanctions over Ukraine.

Video Explainer: Why Moldovans Are Protesting

Tens of thousands of Moldovans have protested in the capital, Chisinau. What are the reasons behind their discontent?

Video Sea Breeze Military Drills Bring U.S., NATO To Ukrainian Shores

Some 2,500 U.S., Ukrainian, and NATO troops are taking part in Sea Breeze 2015, a two-week military exercise in the Black Sea and Ukraine's coastal regions. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has said the training is meant to boost trust and security in the region, which has been shaken by instability.

Video Saakashvili: Corrupt Officials 'Only Playing Dead'

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has vowed to stamp out corruption in his jurisdiction. In recent days, he has run into trouble with Ukrainian leaders, accusing officials in Kyiv of sabotaging his reform efforts.

Video Pakistan's Alternative Press: Jihadist Newspapers

Last year, in the wake of a major terrorist attack, the Pakistani government pledged to take action against extremist publications. But in Peshawar, newspapers and magazines that openly support the Taliban and call for jihad are on sale alongside the mainstream press.

Video Poroshenko Says Russia Ruined Global Security System

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says his top priority is maintaining the unity of a pro-Ukrainian global coalition. He also harshly criticized Russia during an interview in Kyiv on September 4 with VOA Ukrainian Service reporter Myroslava Gongadze.

Video The 'Chinafication' Of Siberia

Hungry for resources, Chinese companies are investing billions of dollars in Siberia. But not everyone in Russia's remote region of Trans-Baikal welcomes China's growing influence.

Video On The Migrant Train To Germany

For migrants seeking a better life in the European Union, the most popular destination is Germany. After a long and difficult journey across the Balkans, the final stage for many is catching a train from Vienna to Munich. RFE/RL joined the exhausted travelers on board.

Video Beslan: How Tragedy Unfolded At School No. 1

Eleven years ago, one of the worst terrorist attacks in Russia's history occurred at a school in the small North Ossetian town of Beslan. Here's how the tragedy unfolded.

August 2015

Video Suspected Grenade Thrower In Kyiv Caught On Camera

A man throwing what appeared to be a grenade during a protest in Kyiv was caught on video by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty cameras. The violence erupted after parliament approved a draft constitutional amendment granting more autonomy to the eastern Ukrainian regions. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Aid And Trade At A Migrant Camp

There are various responses to the wave of people traveling through the Balkans to the European Union. Some residents along the transit route are eager to volunteer their time or money to help. Others see it is a business opportunity.

Video Hungarian Army Hard At Work On Border Fence

Hungarian troops were busily continuing with construction of a fence along the country’s 175-kilometer border with Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants from strife-torn countries seeking to enter the European Union.

Video Migrants Escape From Hungarian Camp

Migrants made a dramatic break for freedom from a camp near Roszke, Hungary, scaling a fence and running away. RFE/RL's Ray Furlong is on the scene.

Video Kyrgyzstan's Modern Mullahs Adopt Smartphones, Social Media

The Kyrgyz government has launched a training course teaching Muslim clerics to use digital technology. The initiative is meant to help counter extremist groups -- which recruit through social media -- by helping moderate religious leaders make their voices heard online. (Adilet Bektursunov)

Video New Stalin Monument Attracts Flowers, Vandals

A new statue of Josef Stalin has been erected in the city of Lipetsk. Some Russians are furious that the crimes of the Stalin era are being whitewashed by current officials, but others are eager to claim the dictator as a national hero.

Video For Many Tajik Children, Hard Labor Is A Fact Of Life

Poverty is rife across Tajikistan, and as many as 1 million Tajiks have gone abroad in search of jobs. The children of many migrants, and other struggling parents, wind up working to try to make ends meet. Across Tajikistan, kids work at factories and farms to help provide for their families.

Video Azerbaijani Police Clash With Protesters In Mingachevir

Police clashed with residents in the Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir on August 22, a day after a young Azerbaijani man was found dead after being questioned by local police. Police say the man jumped out of a window while being interrogated. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Migrants Teargassed At Greek-Macedonian Border

Macedonian riot police fired tear gas into crowds of migrants and refugees to cope with the growing surge of people trying to enter the country at its southern border with Greece. Here is our report on the unfolding human drama. (RFE/RL-VOA-Reuters)

Video Russian Hospitals Face Ban On Imported Medical Supplies

If a proposed law is passed in Russia's parliament, state purchases of most imported medical equipment and supplies would be banned. The ban would not apply to private medical businesses. RFE/RL's Current Time program looked at the potential impact on one of Moscow's top hospitals and its patients.

Video Afghan Migrants Struggle On Greek Island

Thousands of refugees fleeing violence in their countries or just seeking a better life in Europe have made their way to the Greek Island of Kos. As the travelers suffer in legal limbo, local and international officials struggle to deal with the influx.

Video After The Kursk, Anger Lives On

The relatives of the Russian sailors who died in the Kursk submarine disaster in 2000 are still looking for answers as to what happened -- and are increasingly frustrated by the authorities' response.

Video The Daily Vertical: From Info Wars To Psyops

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Video Hard Times In Luhansk

For almost a year, areas of eastern Ukraine under the control of Russia-backed separatists have been cut off from the rest of the country. The economic price is enormous. At the market in Luhansk, money is scarce and prices are soaring. The common refrain: ''Somehow, we're surviving."

Video UK Minister Blasts 'Russian-Inspired Terrorism' In Ukraine

The British defense secretary, Michael Fallon, has promised Kyiv continuing support against "Russian-inspired terrorism" in eastern Ukraine. Fallon was speaking as he visited British instructors conducting training exercises with Ukrainian troops in the Zhytomyr region, west of Kyiv, on August 11.

Video 'Rule By Madmen': The Khodorkovsky Trial In Cartoons

An exhibition in Prague documents the 2010 trial of Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in cartoons. A comment on the Russian justice system, it's titled simply "The Trial," a deliberate echo of Franz Kafka's famous novel -- in which the defendant is not even told what he is accused of.

Video Lukashenka Says Belarus Is Russia's Only Reliable Ally

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Russia would never infringe on his country's sovereignty. In an August 4 interview in Minsk with RFE/RL and two other independent media outlets, Lukashenka said a war between the countries would be a disaster. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video 'Shelling Every Day' In Donbas Trenches

Talks in Minsk aimed at a pullback of weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine have remained at an impasse. That's unlikely to surprise the men of the Ukrainian armed forces entrenched near Donetsk airport. They say they are under daily shelling from pro-Russian separatists.

Video Yushchenko Calls Gerard Depardieu 'Misguided'

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko had harsh words for the French actor, Gerard Depardieu. Once considered a family friend, Yushchenko told RFE/RL in a July 30 interview that Depardieu's pro-Russian attitudes have "debased his nation." (RFE/RL's Belarusian Service)

Video Vox Pop: Complaints About Rising Prices In Crimea

In Crimea, some say prices have skyrocketed since the annexation of the Ukrainian territory by Russia in March 2014. RFE/RL spoke to people in Simferopol and Nikolaevka about the prices of things like fruits and vegetables and taxi rides. (Crimean Desk of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

July 2015

Video All Work And No Play At Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul

As Kyrgyz families escape the heat on the shores of the country's largest lake, some children have no chance to enjoy the summer holiday. At one lakeside resort, kids as young as first-graders work for extra cash to be able to buy school books or help their struggling parents pay off debts.

Video A Strategic Ukrainian Factory In The Line Of Fire

The Avdiyivka Coke and Chemical Plant produces the fuel that powers Ukraine's massive steel industry. It also sits on the front lines of the country's separatist conflict. Though the plant has come under heavy fire, the workers say they have no choice but to keep production running.

Video Bull-Running In Pakistan

In rural northwest Pakistan, the ancient Pashtun tradition of bull-running is still going strong. Blindfolded bulls have eight minutes to race around in a circle, powering a water pump as they go. The bull that makes the most circuits is the winner. (Zaland Yousufzai, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Sun, Sea, And Bombs -- A Ukrainian Beach Holiday

As Ukraine basks in summer sunshine, the beach resorts on the Sea of Azov are not doing well. The distant rumble of rocket fire and the roadblocks don't make for much of a holiday atmosphere. Bookings have collapsed, and the tourism business is in ruins. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and Current Time)

Video VOA Interview: U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry

In an exclusive interview with VOA's Persian News Network, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the easing of sanctions on Iran is likely to have a real impact on Iran's economy and standard of living, possibly within six months. Kerry told VOA's Setareh Derakhshesh on July 20 that although

Video Afghan Widows Build Unique Community On Kabul Hill

A group of Afghan women have formed a unique community on top of a hill in Kabul. Known as ‘’Women’s Hill,” the community of widows is breaking taboos in a country dominated by men -- working for a living, and even building their own houses.

Video Thousands Stream Through Serbia En Route To EU

As Hungary this week began work on a border fence to keep out migrants, its neighbor Serbia is trying to deal with the steady flow of people making their way toward the European Union. At a new refugee center in the town of Presevo, volunteers are offering what little aid they can.

Video Dutch Town Battles MH17 Trauma

The Dutch town of Hilversum saw three entire families killed when Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. A year later, the town is contemplating its loss with stoicism -- and a plan to commemorate the victims with sunflowers grown from seeds collected at the crash site.

Video 'There Was A Body In The Kitchen:' Villagers Recall MH17 Tragedy

In the village where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane came down on July 17, 2014, the horror of that day is ever present. Many villagers are still struggling to to come to terms with what happened. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, this video was first issued the first anniversary of the tragedy)

Video The End Of A Railroad -- And A Siberian Village

Deep in the forests of western Siberia, a few villagers ride hand-built railroad cars along rusting tracks to reach the nearest town. The logging industry that once supported them is gone, and soon, the lifeline provided by the railroad will be gone as well. (Melani Bachina, RFE/RL's Russian Service

Video Leyla, Arif Yunus Arrive In Court In Baku

Human rights activists Leyla and Arif Yunus arrive in court in Kau on July 15.

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's Weak Hand Exposed

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Video 'Faces Of Srebrenica' Receives Strong Response

The author of the Faces Of Srebrenica project has been inundated with responses since it appeared on the RFE/RL website. Dzenana Halimovic says families of people killed in the Srebrenica massacre have sent around 100 new photos of victims since the project was published.

Video Three Generations To Be Laid To Rest In Srebrenica

On July 11, Bosnia-Herzegovina marks the 20th anniversary of the wartime massacre of Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. As part of the commemorations, the bodies of 136 newly identified victims will be buried at a memorial cemetery. One family is mourning three generations of loved ones.

Video Twenty Years After Srebrenica, Wounds Have Yet To Heal

On July 11, Bosnia-Herzegovina marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica -- the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II. RFE/RL's Balkan Service tells the stories of two people whose lives were changed forever by the events of Srebrenica.

Video What Happened At Srebrenica

Twenty years ago, on July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic entered the town of Srebrenica and killed 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. The bodies were dumped in mass graves. It was the worst atrocity in Europe since the World War II.

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's Play For Greece

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Video Ukraine Calls Moscow's Bluff

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Video Interview: Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva

Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva, who was the interim leader in the wake of her country's 2010 revolution, spoke with RFE/RL's Tajik Service in Prague about unresolved border issues in Central Asia, the growing threat of radicalism, and Russia's role in the region.

Video Azov Battalion Fights Rebels Near Mariupol

A former resort town near Mariupol on the Sea of Azov is largely abandoned now, patrolled by Ukrainian troops on one side and Russia-backed separatists on the other.

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's G-Word Problem

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June 2015

Video As Russia's Economy Suffers, Young Family Tightens Its Belt

For over a year, Russia has been feeling the economic impact of a falling ruble, collapsing world energy prices, and Western sanctions. For Russian citizens, the downturn translates into a soaring cost of living that requires major adjustments at work and at home.

Video Illegal Amber Digging Lays Waste To Ukrainian Forest

Industrial-scale mining is causing devastation to swaths of forest in western Ukraine. The country's Interior Ministry says the business is controlled by criminal gangs that make up to $500 million a year. Despite the fact that the activity is illegal, the gangs carry out their work quite openly.

Video Young Activist Rises To Forefront In Armenian Protests

Vaghinak Shushanian celebrated his 24th birthday this week among thousands of fellow protesters fighting rising electricity prices in Armenia. Shushanian is already a veteran activist who advocates for change on a wide range of social causes.

Video Kadyrov Fumes As Sanctions Hit Horses

Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov has been left fuming by the impact of Western sanctions on one of his favorite hobbies – his stable of racehorses. Restrictions have been imposed on the the horses in a number of countries,and he accused the West of harming “horses’ rights.”

Video Fight The Power: Armenian Woman Boycotts Electricity As Protests Grow

Thousands of Armenians have rallied in Yerevan this week to protest against rising electricity prices. Hasmik Khachikian, a seamstress and single mother, has joined the demonstrations in the streets, but is also staging her own protest at home by refusing to pay for power.

Video Armenian Protestors Confront Police

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, 12 hours after police had violently broken up an earlier demonstration. Defying the crackdown, the protesters marched towards the police lines and chanted slogans.

Video What Do Ukrainians Think Of Yanukovych's Latest Appearance?

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spoke to BBC television in Moscow in his first extended interview with Western media since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service asked residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk for their reactions.

Video Death-Defying Tractor Treat

Residents of Ukraine's central Cherkasy region didn't let the conflict to the east interfere with a bit of fun during their fourth annual Tractor Fest. Farmers and others in the village of Yablunivka showed off their skills as they stacked hay bales and sliced cake with machine-operated tools.

Video Scientists Race To Solve Riddle Of Kazakh Saiga Deaths

Around 40 percent of the critically endangered Saiga antelope have died in Kazakhstan in recent months. Western scientists say there's no evidence for local speculation about fuel spills from Russian rockets causing the die-off -- but are still scratching their heads as to what's behind it.

Video Breaking HIV Prejudice In Moldova

In Moldova, stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS remains widespread, and many sufferers have also been subjected to discrimination. This spring, a campaign was launched in which HIV-positive people agreed to have their photos proudly displayed on billboards with the slogan "my condition is not a secret."

Video Migrants Stream Through Macedonia To Reach EU

Macedonia has become a major transit country for migrants trying to reach the more prosperous parts of the European Union. The Macedonian Unit of RFE/RL's Balkan Service met some of the people making the long journey across southeastern Europe in search of better opportunities.

Video Saakashvili Gets Down To Business In Odesa

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has begun his new role as the governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, where he has pledged to modernize institutions and root out corruption. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service followed Saakashvili as he met with Odesa residents and introduced his new police chief.

Video A Look Behind Separatist Lines In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian forces repelled an attack by Russia-backed separatists on the town of Maryinka, west of Donetsk, on June 14. One separatist unit on the front lines is known as "The Fifteen," because its fighters come from across the 15 post-Soviet states.

Video Dramatic Battles Rock Ukrainian Village

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service has brought further dramatic evidence that the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is not being observed. Video shot in the village of Pisky on June 6 shows Ukrainian troops defending the village with machine guns, and taking cover in trenches.

Video Donetsk Artist Fights Guns With Mockery

Serhiy Zakharov was imprisoned and beaten by Russian-backed separatists for poking fun at their rule. He has since fled the city, and is now on a tour of European galleries with a provocative installation.

Video Russian-Made Uniforms Aid Separatists

Moscow maintains that it is not directly involved in the separatist conflict in Ukraine, but a steady flow of so-called volunteers from Russia are signing up to fight -- and some businesses are also contributing. One businessman has turned his factory over to producing uniforms for separatists.

Video Dramatic Aerial Footage Of Deadly Fire Near Kyiv

A massive fire broke out at a fuel depot near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on June 9, when this footage was taken. At least five people died in the blaze, including three firemen. Emergency crews continued to battle the fire on June 10, but officials said there is no threat of the blaze spreading.

Video At Home In A Donetsk Bomb Shelter

When shelling started in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, some residents took shelter in their basements. What they thought was a short-term situation has now dragged on for a year. Petr Shelomovskiy of RFE/RL's Current Time TV program visited one shelter in Donetsk.

Video 'Waiting To Die' -- Under Fire In The Trenches Of Ukraine

Ukrainian fighters from the OUN volunteer battalion were coming under fire from Russian-backed separatists night and day on June 6-7. The volunteers said the separatists were using mortars, but they were able to respond only with small arms fire.

Video From The Pankisi Gorge To The Battlefields Of Syria

The Pankisi Gorge in Georgia has long been notorious as a hideout for Chechen rebels, Islamist extremists, and smugglers. It’s also become a recruitment zone for Islamic State militants.

Video Amid Food Sanctions, Russia Promotes Home-Grown Potatoes

In the Russian district of Beryozovsky, officials have given residents free access to farmland to help them weather the effects of sanctions on Western food imports. Part-time farmers and the district mayor celebrated the new initiative with a day of singing, socializing, and planting potatoes.

Video Russia's Presentation For FIFA World Cup

Investigations into alleged corruption at FIFA, the governing body of world football, have led to scrutiny of how Russia and Qatar won the rights to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively. Watch a video excerpt from the presentation for Russia's World Cup bid. (Reuters)

Video Bosnians Share Hopes For Papal Visit

Pope Francis is making a one-day visit to Sarajevo on June 6. A survey by RFE/RL's Balkan Service found people across Bosnia-Herzegovina were looking forward to the visit with a variety of hopes. We spoke to people in Sarajevo, Tuzla, and Banja Luka.

Video Worried By Pollution, Swedes Point Finger At Kaliningrad

Environmental activists and officials in Sweden say the Baltic Sea is in trouble -- and that Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave to the sea's southeast, is responsible for an outsized share of the damage. Despite financial support from EU states, Kaliningrad has no sewage treatment system.

May 2015

Video What Makes Kids Happy?

To mark International Children's Day on June 1, RFE/RL asked kids around our broadcast region: What makes you happy?

Video Hopes Turn To Despair For Donetsk Family In Russia

The Denisenkos and their four children fled the conflict in eastern Ukraine last fall. But the warm welcome they had been promised in Russia never materialized. Instead, the family is facing hostility, unemployment, and crushing poverty. They now desperately want to return home.

Video Navalny Blasts Putin As 'Cynical, Corrupt'

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny pulled no punches in his comments on President Vladimir Putin and his role in the war in Ukraine during a May 28 interview. Speaking with RFE/RL and VOA in Moscow, Navalny accused Putin of starting the conflict to strengthen his hold on power.

Video Armenian Villagers Say Politicians' Businesses Behind Water Crisis

Wells are drying up in Armenia's Ararat Valley region, forcing locals to struggle for resources. Many say that the nearby fish farms are consuming an unfair share of the region's water. But they fear that any complaints would be quashed by the powerful politicians who own the fisheries.

Video Dramatic Battle Violates Ukraine Cease-Fire

RFE/RL has recorded dramatic evidence of the cease-fire in Ukraine being violated, with pro-government forces coming under sustained shelling in the village of Shyrokyne. The attack, filmed on May 24, resulted in one Ukrainian soldier dying of shrapnel wounds and another being wounded.

Video Ukrainian Separatist Leader Laid To Rest

The funeral has been held of prominent Ukrainian separatist commander Aleksei Mozgovoi, who was killed in a mysterious gangland-style hit on May 23. The May 27 funeral was attended by members of his unit, the Ghost battalion, and residents in rebel-held Alchevsk.

Video Dramatic Battle Violates Ukraine Cease-Fire

RFE/RL has recorded dramatic evidence of the cease-fire in Ukraine being violated, with pro-government forces coming under sustained shelling in the village of Shyrokyne from heavy weapons that Ukrainian officials say should have been withdrawn under the cease-fire terms.

Video Russian Pensioner Wins Battle For Free Toilets

A Russian pensioner has won a three-year battle to force transport authorities in her region to provide free toilet facilities. Svetlana Ivanovna’s struggle began after she literally wrestled with an irate cashier in a toilet cubicle – but ended with piles of documentary evidence in a court of law.

Video Eyeing Russia, Sweden Shows Military Muscle On Gotland

The island of Gotland is a sleepy Swedish outpost in the Baltic Sea, but it holds enormous strategic value. Military commanders say that if a conflict erupted in the Baltic States, control over Gotland would mean control of the entire region.

Video Activists Petition EU Enlargement Commissioner on Full Membership for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

At the EU summit in Riga, Latvia, there was an open petition in support of full EU membership for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Activists presented the sheets of signatures to EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who promised to take them home and read them.

Video European Union Leaders Gather for Riga Summit

In the Latvian capital, Riga, European Union leaders were gathering for a summit with their counterparts from six eastern countries. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, are all seeking stronger ties with the EU – while Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan are closer to Russia.

Video Pakistan's Pagans Cling On, In Remote Mountain Haven

High in the Hindu Kush Mountains of northwest Pakistan, a small tribe clings to an ancient pre-Islamic culture. Paler skinned than the other people in the region, some claim the Kalash are descendants of soldiers who marched through the area under Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago.

Video Tusk Says Truth Will Prevail Over Russian Propaganda

European Council President Donald Tusk has said Russian propaganda is a problem in Eastern and also Western Europe, but that the truth will overcome it. Speaking to RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak in Brussels, he drew a parallel with how the Soviet propaganda machine was unable to win during the Cold War.

Video The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 5)

In the final video from Janyl Jusupjan's series of short films about the lives of ethnic Kyrgyz in the town of Jerge-Tal in northern Tajikistan, we meet Gulnaz, a housewife and mother who decided to leave and try her luck in Kyrgyzstan.

Video Ukraine’s School For Snipers

A group of volunteers has secured approval and financial backing from the Ukrainian authorities to train snipers for the army at a military base near the southern port of Mikolayiv. The conditions are far from perfect: some of the weapons are older than the men using them.

Video Serbian Court Quashes Collaboration Conviction For WWII General

In Belgrade, rival demonstrators rallied over a court decision overturning the 1946 conviction of a Serbian nationalist commander whose forces fought Josip Broz Tito’s communist partisans. General Dragoljub “Draza” Mihailovic was executed after a communist court ruled he collaborated with the Nazis.

Video Sweden's 'Singing Sailor' Welcomes Russian Subs

Any Russian submarines probing Swedish waters may now encounter an unusual welcome. A Swedish peace organization has created an underwater sign with a sailor thrusting his hips which beeps out a Morse code signal saying, "This way if you're gay."

Video Sabotage Claims As Ukrainian Town Prepares Defenses

In Artemivsk, work on defenses against an expected attack from Russian-backed separatists has been delayed by months – and volunteers digging trenches say the mayor is trying to sabotage the work.

Video The Forgotten Battle

Events are being held in many countries to mark 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945, but in fact the last large-scale engagement of the conflict began three days after the Nazi capitulation. More than a thousand people, mostly German soldiers, were killed.

Video Relatives Of Murdered Afghan Woman Call Verdict Unjust

An Afghan court has sentenced four men to death for participating in the mob killing of a young woman named Farkhunda in Kabul in March. Following the verdict, RFE/RL's Afghan Service spoke to Farkhunda's father and brother, who said that justice had not been served.

Video This Soviet War Veteran Explains The Tragedy Of The War In Ukraine

Ukrainian veteran Ivan Zaluzhniy has witnessed the tragedies of two wars separated by seven decades. He served in the Soviet Red Army and fought in Stalingrad, the deadliest battle of World War II. In August 2014, Zaluzhniy's grandson, also a soldier, was killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Video Column Of Heavy Weapons Drives Through Donetsk

At around 1 p.m. local time on May 3, a column of six Ural trucks pulling howitzers was filmed driving through central Donetsk, heading toward the north of the separatist-held city. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 4)

In another from Janyl Jusupjan's series of short films about the lives of ethnic Kyrgyz in the town of Jerge-Tal in northern Tajikistan, we meet Saifaridin, an elderly man who fled Jerge-Tal during Tajikistan's civil war in the 1990s.

Video The Bosnian Muslim Rebuilding A Medieval Christian Church

A Bosnian Muslim businessman has discovered what are believed to be the remains of a 13th-century Franciscan church in his back garden – and now intends to have it rebuilt. Husein Smajic stumbled across the foundations and other relics of the church while digging an artificial lake.

April 2015

Video Ukraine's Dogs (And Cats) Of War

As civilians have fled war-torn areas of eastern Ukraine, they've left behind their homes, their possessions, and sometimes their dogs and cats. Hundreds of these abandoned animals have wound up at a shelter on the outskirts of Kyiv, where a small staff is working hard to feed and house the strays.

Video Cousin Of Bosnian Shooter Says Militants 'Messed With His Head'

The cousin of the man who killed a policeman and injured two others in Bosnia's eastern Serb Republic has said Islamist militants "messed with his head." The attacker, who was killed in the incident, has been identified as 24-year-old Nerdin Ibric.

Video The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 3)

In another from Janyl Jusupjan's series of short films about the lives of ethnic Kyrgyz in the town of Jerge-Tal in northern Tajikistan, we meet Latofat, the only female singer in her village, whose mother was Kyrgyz and father was Tajik.

Video Ukrainian Army Rebuilds, With Allied Help

The Ukrainian armed forces have been unable to hold on to large swathes of territory, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says they need to be rebuilt from scratch. This week, U.S. trainers began training the Ukrainian National Guard, and Georgian forces are also running training operations.

Video Turkey's 'Hidden Armenians' Break Silence Of The Past

As Armenia marks the 100th anniversary of the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the descendants of survivors are coming forward to tell their family histories. RFE/RL's Armenian Service spoke to the "hidden Armenians" who ancestors converted to Islam to escape persecution.

Video Economist Guriyev On Long Reach Of Russian Corruption

Sergei Guriyev, a prominent economist, left Russia permanently in 2013 after coming under investigation by Moscow authorities. Guriyev spoke with Iolanda Badilita of RFE/RL's Moldovan Service in Strasbourg on April 21 about the extent to which corruption cripples Russia's economy.

Video Interview: Lithuanian President On Russia, Moldova, And EU

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is a vocal critic of the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin and its influence in its neighbors' affairs. On a visit to Chisinau, Grybauskaite spoke with Mihaela Gherasim of RFE/RL's Moldovan Service Moldova can confront pressure from Moscow.

Video Fresh Fighting Follows Failed Cease-Fire In Southeast Ukraine

A fragile cease-fire monitored by the OSCE in the southeastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne collapsed after just three days of quiet. Correspondent Zinaida Burskaya of RFE/RL’s Current Time TV was with volunteer fighters of the Ukrainian Azov Battalion as renewed fighting broke out on April 18.

Video Ukraine Welcomes U.S. Trainers

Ukraine has officially welcomed U.S. troops at a military base near the western city of Lviv. The April 20 ceremony marked the beginning of exercises named “Fearless Guardian-2015,” in which around 300 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will train some 900 Ukrainian National Guard servicemen.

Video Debaltseve – Gunmen, Looting, And Bread Queues

The town of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, fell to a Russian-backed separatist assault shortly after the Minsk cease-fire agreements were signed in February. The few people who remained have experienced looting, buried bodies being dug up, and bread queues controlled by gunmen.

Video Kanye West Takes Plunge At Yerevan Gig

In Armenia, U.S. rapper Kanye West staged an impromptu concert to round off a visit to the capital, Yerevan. At the end of the concert, West jumped into a pond – followed by excited fans. West was visiting the country with his wife, TV celebrity Kim Kardashian – who is of Armenian descent.

Video Kardashians Visit Yerevan Landmarks

U.S. reality TV stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian visited the "Mother Armenia" monument in Yerevan on April 9. The celebrity sisters are shooting part of their TV show in Armenia, the home of their great-grandparents.

Video Remembering The Chisinau Ghetto

In July 1941, thousands of Jews were forced to move into a ghetto in Chisinau, the capital of present-day Moldova. Today, the history of that era is not well known to the people who live there. This film by RFE/RL's Moldovan Service seeks to reveal the fates of some of those who survived the ghetto.

Video Aftermath Of Attack On Prosecutor's Office In Northern Afghanistan

Smoke was seen rising from buildings in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif on April 9 after three gunmen stormed the regional prosecutor's office. Police said the armed men exchanged fire with security forces, killing three police officers and leaving some 27 people wounded.

Video U.S. Celebrity Kim Kardashian Arrives In Armenia

U.S. TV personality Kim Kardashian arrived in Yerevan late on April 8, accompanied by her husband, rapper Kanye West, their daughter, North West, and Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian. Journalists and fans surrounded the family at the airport and outside their hotel in the city center.

Video Hundreds Of Yazidis Released By Islamic State In Iraq

Some 200 members of the Yazidi religious minority arrived in Kirkuk on April 8 after they were released from captivity by the Islamic State militant group. Those freed were mainly women, elderly people, and people with disabilities.

Video Putin's 2008 Comments On Crimea, Before A Sharp Change Of Tack

In an interview with Germany's ARD television in 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow recognizes all of Ukraine's borders, and that there is no issue of ethnic conflict in Crimea. His comments stand in stark contrast with Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Video Demining Dog Helps Sappers Clear Battlefields Of Donbas

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has left some areas riddled with mines and mortars even after the combatants have moved on to other battlefields. A team of sappers is working to clear the minefields, a dangerous job that requires courage, patience, and the assistance of a Labrador retriever.

Video Mars One Finalist Ready To Die On Red Planet

Ljubinka Nikolic, a geologist from Serbia, has been pre-selected to take part in a Dutch initiative to establish the first human colony on Mars. Despite mounting criticism of the project, Nikolic is thrilled about the prospect of pioneering space travel to Mars and of taking a one-way trip.

Video Health Services Struggle To Cope In War-Torn Ukraine

An acute shortage of medicines has been reported in areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. Many pharmacies are closed, and hospitals are unable to care for patients with some serious conditions. In areas controlled by the government, health services are also feeling the strain.

March 2015

Video Beer 'n' Blues, As Czechs Bid Fond Farewell To U.S. Army

Czechs have laid on a farewell concert in honor of the U.S. Army, capping three days of events as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment made its way across the country on the way back to base in Germany. (RFE/RL)

Video An Icon Of Spirit And Style Looks Back On Bosnian War

More than two decades ago, a photographer captured Sarajevo resident Meliha Varesanovic walking proudly in high heels and pearls as soldiers traded fire nearby. The image struck a chord with viewers around the world, becoming a symbol of dignity amidst the tragedies of the Bosnian war.

Video Family Of Afghan Woman Mourns Devout Life Cut Short

The brutal mob killing in Kabul of a woman named Farkhunda has shocked Afghanistan. As thousands have taken to the streets to demand justice, her family and friends are mourning privately. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spoke to those who remember Farkhunda as a kind and pious young woman.

Video Ukrainian Prisoners Abandoned By Their Guards

A prison in eastern Ukraine was abandoned by the guards when the area was captured by Russian-backed separatists, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves. Some took the opportunity to run away. But many others stayed – and are now baking bread for local people.

Video Flash Analysis: Saudi Air Strikes Bring New Player Into Yemen Conflict

What prompted Saudi Arabia's decision to get involved in the conflict in Yemen with air strikes targeting Huthi rebels? Mardo Soghom, RFE/RL's regional director for Iran and Iraq, says that Saudi Arabia sees Iran's growing influence in the region and fears losing control of oil routes.

Video The Daily Vertical: Bulldogs Under The Carpet

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Whitewashing Russia's Gulag History

Perm-36 is a memorial museum to Soviet repressions on the site of the world's only preserved gulag camp. Local historians who founded the museum have been replaced at the helm by a state organization. The ousted historians now fear the change of management means Soviet crimes will be whitewashed.

Video British Farmer Embraces Russian Nationalism

John Kopiski came from Britain to Russia to do business, but after meeting his Russian wife he decided to stay. Now, after many struggles, he has established a successful farm business. He has also become a staunch fan of Vladimir Putin – and Stalin.

Video Report Exposes Extent Of Alleged Karimova Corruption

Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, may have raked in as much as $1 billion via bribery, extortion and exploiting her position - according to a report by the Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. RFE/RL spoke to the OCCRP's Miranda Patrucic.

Video The Daily Vertical: Putin's 'Fascist International'

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Kyrygz Mercenary Describes Fighting Alongside Separatists In Ukraine

A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov alleges Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region.

Video Staying Ukrainian In Crimea

Since Crimea's annexation from Ukraine a year ago, the vast majority of local residents have taken Russian citizenship. Those who chose to remain Ukrainian are grappling with a number of new difficulties. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Marriage Within Families Blamed In Tajik Birth Defects Cases

In parts of Tajikistan, marriage between cousins is common -- and doctors say that the custom leads to higher incidences of genetic abnormalities in those couples' children. RFE/RL's Tajik Service spoke to doctors and patients' relatives at a hospital in the Khatlon region.

Video Ukraine's War Widows

More than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers have died fighting pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Many left behind wives and children. Local charities are playing a key role in helping these families overcome financial hardship and coping with their loss. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video The Unknown Soldiers Of The Donbas

Hundreds of bodies are being buried in eastern Ukraine without being identified. On the separatist side, officials say they don't have the resources to cope with the sheer volume of bodies – which were found lining the corridors at the central morgue in Donetsk.

Video Crimea: One Year After Annexation

The Russian Federation annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea on March 21, 2014. The move, which went mostly unrecognized around the world, followed a Crimean referendum on joining Russia that was widely condemned as illegal. We look at the varying views on the past year's developments.

Video ‘Down Syndrome’ Slur Casts Spotlight On Prejudices

A banner at a recent protest by Russia’s pro-Kremlin “Anti-Maidan” movement plumbed new depths – with a play on words suggesting supporters of democracy had Down syndrome. The banner caused outrage among families and activists who have been working to change prejudices surrounding the condition.

Video Ukraine's Women Warriors

The conflict in Ukraine has seen fierce battles with thousands of casualties. The overwhelming majority of combatants are men -- but not all of them. Shahida Yakub from RFE/RL's Current Time ( program profiles two women serving in uniform on opposing sides of the front lines.

Video The Daily Vertical: It's All About Kadyrov

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video The Daily Vertical: No Loose Ends

This weekend's detention of five suspects in the assassination of Boris Nemtsov looks suspiciously convenient for the Kremlin.

Video Tajik Nurse's Kidnap Ordeal

Gulrukhsor Rofieva took a job at a hospital in Yemen with the hope of saving money to buy a house in Tajikistan. Her dream turned into a nightmare when she was kidnapped by militants and held for ransom.

Video Recovering The Bodies In Donetsk

The battle for Donetsk airport was some of the fiercest in the Ukrainian war so far. After 242 days, the Ukrainian government forces retreated from the ruined terminal buildings at the end of January. Now, each day, bodies are recovered from the ruins.

Video Afghanistan's Women Prisons

A look at family life in Afghan prisons for female convicts, where children up to the age of seven live with mothers serving terms for crimes ranging from drug smuggling to adultery.

Video A New Front For Islamic State

The Ferghana Valley in Central Asia has for years been a hotbed for drugs, smuggling, and Islamic extremism. One of the most densely populated areas of the region, it has now become fertile ground for Islamic State militants.

Video Russian Nationalists Prepare For New Battles In Ukraine

Russia has repeatedly denied Western accusations its troops are in Ukraine, but it has admitted the presence of volunteers fighting on the side of separatists there. RFE/RL Current Time program gained rare access to two nationalist organizations in St Petersburg which have sent men to fight.

Video The Daily Vertical: Chaos Or Terror

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Nemtsov Latest In Long Line Of Victims

The killing of Boris Nemtsov has sparked sadness and anger. But many fear that -- as in other high-profile cases -- the people behind his murder will never be charged.

February 2015

Video 'A Gun In One Hand, A Pen In The Other'

In the wake of the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar, authorities in northwest Pakistan have given teachers permission to carry guns to school. Some teachers have balked at the new policy, warning that weapons in the classroom could have a negative psychological impact on their students.

Video Tajiks Revive Russian Village

The village of Perelogi, north of Moscow, was on the verge of dying out -- until Tajik families, fleeing civil war at home, started arriving in the 1990s.

Video A Costly Legacy For Sochi One Year After Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi cost tens of billions of dollars. But for those who live and work in the Black Sea resort, there are other, hidden costs. One year after the Games, migrant laborers are still fighting for the back wages, as residents take stock of the damage.

Video 'Many Died, Many Were Wounded' In Debaltseve

Ukrainian military forces have retreated from the town of Debaltseve, which has been under siege by pro-Russian separatists. Correspondent Levko Stek of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service spoke to the soldiers outside Debaltseve after they left the town in the control of rebel fighters.

Video Ukraine's Maidan Massacre

A look at the events of February 18-21, 2014, when antigovernment protests in central Kyiv descended into deadly violence.

Video From Street Urchin To Movie Star

Fawad Mohammadi has had an incredible life: plucked from the obscurity of selling maps on the streets of Kabul to star in an Oscar-nominated movie, his life also inspired a British novelist. He is now studying at one of Kabul's top schools -- his days as a street child long behind him.

Video Panning For Kyrgyz Gold

To supplement his wages, Kyrgyz teacher Murat Duisheev braves sub-zero temperatures in his spare time to pan for gold in a nearby river.

Video The Daily Vertical: Will Ukraine Be Bosniafied?

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video As Chinese Investment Grows, Tajik Students Hurry To Learn The Language

At Tajik universities, Chinese courses are filled to the limit with students eager to learn the language of their powerful neighbor. Many are hoping that growing Chinese investment in Tajikistan will mean new job opportunities in a struggling economy. (Barotali Nazarov, RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video The Daily Vertical: A Critical Week

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Kosovar Migrants, Fleeing Poverty, Stream Into Hungary

Border towns in southern Hungary have seen a dramatic rise in the number of migrants illegally crossing into the EU state from neighboring Serbia, which recently eased its travel restrictions. The majority of the migrants are Kosovars, who are escaping from poverty and mass unemployment back home.

Video Ukrainian IDPs Recall The Horrors Of War

People fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine recalled what they had gone through, after arriving at government-controlled Slovyansk railway station. In interviews filmed on the station platform on February 2, IDPs spoke of fear, lack of sleep, and constant firing. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video In Pakistani Schools, Jihad Is Back

Officials in northwest Pakistan have revised school textbooks to make them more Islamic -- no unveiled women, references to world historical figures replaced with prominent Muslims, and Koranic verses about jihad.

Video Injured Separatists Find Unofficial Refuge In Russia

The majority of injured separatist fighters from eastern Ukraine are treated in Russia. But their treatment is not always organized officially. In the border regions of Russia, there are informal clinics and rehabilitation centers organized by the separatists.

Video Ukrainian Civilians Flee Battle-Scarred Town

Ukrainian forces are helping civilians flee the town of Debaltseve, which has been hit by heavy shelling amid ongoing clashes. Servicemen also brought in bread supplies for residents who are unable or unwilling to leave.

Video As Fighting Rages, Ukrainian Civilians Grow Desperate

The town of Debaltseve has been caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian military forces and separatist fighters for more than two weeks. Many residents have fled, and those who remain are struggling to survive as food supplies dwindle and the fighting draws closer.

Video A 'City Of Ghosts' In Eastern Ukraine

Avdiyivka, just north of Donetsk, has been shelled by both sides of the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. There are no soldiers in the town, and many inhabitants have also left.

January 2015

Video Civilians In Separatist-Held Areas ‘Under Fire Daily’

In recent days, Russian-backed separatists have been advancing in eastern Ukraine. As fighting with Ukrainian forces intensifies, indiscriminate shelling has caused dozens of civilian casualties, as well as damaging homes and other property.

Video Ukrainian Veteran Recalls Liberation Of Auschwitz

Mykola Karpenko was just 17 when he was drafted into the Soviet Army from his village in Ukraine. His unit was among those that freed the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on January 27, 1945. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Saved By A Mistake In The Paperwork - An Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life.

Video 'They Told Us To Wage Jihad Against Kabul'

Afghan authorities have recently captured a number of young men who were apparently planning to carry out suicide bombings. The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's spy agency, presented several thwarted bombers to the media in Kabul.

Video Kazakh Winter - One Family's Struggle

Winter in Kazakhstan can be harsh – especially without heating. Sholpan Saymova’s family home was declared to be in an "emergency condition” in 2010 – but the repairs led to a nightmare that left them at turns freezing cold, hospitalized, and battling local bureaucracy.

Video New Cases Of Mystery Symptoms, And No Relocation Help, For Kazakh Villagers

Twelve children in the western Kazakh village of Berezovka suddenly collapsed or fell ill on January 21. They are only the latest of some 100 cases of the mysterious illness in recent months.

Video Iran's Old Ties To Afghanistan Pave The Way For New Influence

With the end of NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan, Iran has been tightening its grip on the western part of the country. Nowhere is the Islamic republic’s influence more visible than in the city of Herat, which has deep historical ties to Iran.

Video Vox Pops: Germans Against 'Islamization' -- And Against Xenophobia

Some 25,000 people marched in Dresden on January 12 to protest against what they called the “Islamization” of Germany. Now a weekly event, the protest gained additional participants in the wake of last week's terror attacks in Paris.

Video Dresden Divisions Deepen Amid Record Numbers At ‘Anti-Islamization’ Rally (RFE/RL)

Bitter divisions are deepening in the German city of Dresden following another night of mass demonstrations. German police say 25,000 people took to the streets to protest against what they call the “Islamization” of Germany – the highest number yet.

Video A Long Showdown In The Ruins Of The Donetsk Airport

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the international airport is on the front lines of the separatist conflict. Government troops and pro-Russian separatists have each taken up positions in the destroyed airport buildings and are fighting for control of the strategic site.

Video A Family Copes With Tragedy In Wartorn Donetsk

In December, a family in eastern Ukraine was torn apart by conflict. Baby Nika and her brother Vitya lost their mother and their home in a shell attack. The children's aunt is now taking care of them and her own young children as they struggle to put their lives back together.

Video A Nighttime Supply Run To Donetsk Airport, Under Fire

For months, the airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, has been the scene of heavy fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels. RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondents joined a late-night supply run bringing gasoline and other essentials to the fighters at the airport.

Video Tangling With IS Recruiters In Russia

The cautionary tale of one young ethnic Uzbek migrant worker from Kyrgyzstan.

Video From A Monastery To A Paramilitary Unit In Ukraine

Ivan, a novice monk, was inspired by the experiences of wounded fighters to leave the safety of his monastery and join a volunteer paramilitary battalion in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Now training with his unit for potential combat, Ivan believes the church stands behind his decision.

Video Ukraine's Year Of Turmoil Through The Lens Of Levko Stek

It was the most tumultuous year in Ukraine's history since World War II, and Levko Stek of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service followed it with his camera every step of the way. From the squares of Kyiv, to the seizing of Crimea, and the war that followed in Donbas, Stek was everywhere.



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